50 Gamechangers Runner 2 feature image

Published on February 26th, 2014 | by Nidde


50 gamechangers: Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

Scan of Runner 2 from LeveL #76

Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

Format: PS3, 360
Developer: Gaijin Games
Premiere: November

Between Bit Trip Runner and Runner 2 some things have happened. Yes, it’s still about platforming with style – and if you do it sweet enough the music will be delivered in bigger and more beautiful arrangements. But the sequel has exchanged the coarse pixels for a more childish cartoony style, mixed with Saul Bass-esthetics. The game design is also more forgiving this time.

Image and text scanned and translated from LeveL, issue 76

Endless runners are usually confined to flash games or mobile devices, but Bit Trip Runner stumbled upon the sweet spot where they managed to be engaging enough to validate its existence on the bigger platforms. Now it’s time for the second Runner game in Runner 2, and the concept has expanded to a bigger, more visual experience. Metacritic rounds up the critics scores to an 85, praising the simple premise and accessibility of the game.

But let’s not forget that this game is basically just a stream of quick-time events. That doesn’t need to be a bad thing, as that’s what all rhythm games are, but it’s a little hypocritical to complain about QTE in some games, but accept a game that’s nothing but that part you were complaining about. If you enjoy QTEs then you’ll be all set.

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For 500 days, from January 1st, 2013, until May 16th, 2014, Nidde will set aside all AAA-titles and only play indie games to find out if the indie scene can replace the big budget landscape.

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